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Another black, smelly discharge in Niagara Falls near Maid of the Mist

Posted at 11:18 AM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-09 18:30:13-04

There is yet another sighting of black water discharge in Niagara Falls on the U.S. side today.

The Niagara Falls Water Board has confirmed that this morning's waste water discharge is "likely weather related."

According to the DEC website, the discharge has overflowed into the river for about eight hours -- an estimated 1,500 gallons per minute.

The DEC confirms with 7 Eyewitness News it is investigating the discharge from Monday morning.

"Niagara River, Niagara Falls is one of the great treasures not just of WNY, but of all of America," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said Monday. "The infrastructure of our water supply here in Niagara Falls and in WNY is old. We need a major infrastructure bill. Hopefully that's one area where the Congress and President can work together. We all agree we need new infrastructure."

Less than a week ago, there was another discharge of black, smelly water in the Niagara River, which the Water Board also cited heavy rains as the cause. 

All the while, the Board is still currently under investigation by the state for a previous discharge near the Maid of the Mist launch site in July.

At the time, Governor Cuomo ordered an investigation, Niagara County officials demanded resignations from all members of the NFWB, and got slapped with a $50,000 fine.

The maximum penalty for violating New York State's water quality standards in $37,500 per day, per violation.

 The Niagara Falls Water Board released this statement today: